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2014 Bristol: Jeb Burton NASCAR Truck Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Aug 22, 2014 - 06:53 AM
2014 Bristol: Jeb Burton NASCAR Truck Race Recap

Jeb Burton earned a hard fought 11th-place finish in the rain delayed UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on Thursday morning, his track best finish in two starts at "Thunder Valley."


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Burton started the 200-lap event from the 15th position after fighting a perpetually loose condition in Wednesday afternoon's lone practice session. However, the tides were turned at the drop of the green flag and the Estes Express Toyota Tundra swung to the tight side. Burton, who was initially trapped on the bottom side of the racetrack on the start, found himself outside the top-20 when the competition caution flew on lap 50. During the first half of the event, Burton radioed in to crew chief Jeriod Prince that his Toyota Tundra was, "really tight through the center and off the corner." Prince and the ThorSport Racing team went to work trying to improve the handling through numerous chassis adjustments.

By the race's third yellow flag at lap 112, Burton had gone a lap down to the race leaders, but that's where the rally began. Prince made a gutsy strategy call to keep the No.13 Tundra on the race track and take the "wave around" to cycle back to the lead lap. On lap 147, the Estes Express team caught the caution they needed, and came to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel, and another round of adjustments. After the lap 153 restart, Burton took advantage of the changes, driving through traffic and capturing his career best Bristol finish, finishing 11th in the 13th event on the 2014 NCWTS schedule.

• Jeb Burton's 11th-place finish in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway was his track-best finish in two NCWTS career starts
• Burton's 15th-place starting position was a track-best for the ThorSport Racing driver
• The Estes Express driver ran has high as 10th and as low as 26th, spending 86 of 200 laps inside the top-15
• Burton remains 10th in the 2014 NCWTS driver point standings after 13 races this season
• In 2014, Burton has four top-10 finishes
• Brad Keselowski won the 17th annual UNOH 200 at BMS
• Darrell Wallace, Jr. (second), Ron Hornaday, Jr. (third), and Matt Crafton (fourth), and Johnny Sauter (fifth) rounded out the top-five in the UNOH 200
• Up next for the No. 13 ThorSport Racing team is the NCWTS 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmansville, Ontario, Canada on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Quote - Jeb Burton:
"It was a great recovery to finish 11th after being as tight as we were. We made some changes in the wrong direction from practice and over adjusted the Estes Express Toyota Tundra. I wish we could have made it to the top-10, but it was still a good recovery to finish where we did. If we would have started as good as we ended the race, it would have been a lot better. Still, it's a decent turnout and point's day for this Estes Toyota team."

Practice: 17th, 15.640 seconds (122.685mph)
Qualifying: 15th, 15.581 seconds (123.150mph)

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